So it appears we are exploring the following forward options:
1. Stephen Weiss
2. Mike Ribiero
3. Matt Cullen
4. Jerome Iginla
And on defense:
1. Andrew Ference
2. Marek Zidlicky
The thought is that if they acquire a defensemen this off-season, Quincey will probably be dealt. I'm sure this is music to many ears, if winding up true. I'm not sure I'd like Zidlicky, but I do like the idea of Ference, being that he is a steady stay at home that could mentor some of the youth. I'd like him over Quincey for sure.
Yeah... Ovi is slated to make $9,538,462 annually through 2020-21.
Somehow I don't see Holland trying to make that deal, since we've never been about super-bloated contracts. And I'm completely fine with that.
What irritates me the most is that standing pat is fine if you've got a good team, but when your team has been woefully inadequate for the last four years, how do you justify doing nothing? Holland says "we like our team". I respond...why? They've continuously gotten worse and proved nothing when it matters.
What's to like? They aren't as bad as Calgary or Columbus?
Aren't we supposed to aim a little higher than that in "Hockeytown"?
I think it's been rebranded to "Little Caesartown"
Stafford of course would be the best option and Holland has a strong relationship with Regier. I wouldn't mind Kulemin as well, seeing if he'd form good chemistry with Datsyuk. I like the idea of Dubinsky, but only if we replaced Abdelkader with him. Not like Hornqvist due to his lack of size.
I personally am indifferent about Bouwmeester coming here. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but at this point, will it truly hurt the team? He's playing stronger this year than he has in the past few and I don't think it's a stretch to think it's because of new coaching.
I also feel that Babchuk hasn't been given a fair shake yet and has some pretty solid upside. He put together a good season in Carolina and in Calgary each, but then seems to get the stick after for some reason. He's a d-man who has good size, can put the puck in the net, and his a righty. Why not go for a low-risk, high-reward type situation (as discussed above).
Who else might Holland target? Who fits the secondary scoring help?
Defensemen with expiring contracts:
- Visnovsky (36)
- Hainsey (31)
- Streit (35)
- Regehr (32)
- Whitney (30)
- Scuderi (34)
- Leopold (32)
- Babchuk (28)
- Douglas Murray (32)
Personally, I'd like to see us go out and grab either Regehr, Whitney, Scuderi, Murray, or Babchuk. What do you all think?
I would personally love Horton or Weiss for secondary scoring. Horton has not fit in well with Boston and I believe would thrive on a second line here with Datsyuk feeding him. I've always liked Weiss, but i'm not sure how he'd fit here/if he would.
This thread is just wrong, plain wrong. Howard, while not being necessarily elite, is a very solid goaltender. I just think the Wings need to find a competent backup to spell him more often and give him rest. I firmly believe the gets worn out playing as much as he does. People seem to forget that he was putting up Vezina type numbers before getting the injury bug last season.
Being a Detroit 'tender is one of the most thankless jobs in all of Detroit sports and it's really obnoxious. It couldn't possibly be the defense a lot of nights.
From what I've seen on TSN... ever since Bettman came out with his cold "the players will be locked out if a deal is not in place by Sept. 15," the attitude on the NHLPA side has been seemingly optimistic about getting a deal done in time. I like Fehr's attitude because he talks about a lockout being the last ditch effort to all of this, it's not what the players want. I just hope the owners and Bettman can get their heads out of their b-holes and make some concessions to find some middle ground that both sides can move on with. It's ridiculous. If you just split the share revenues 50/50, that SHOULD be enough to satisfy both sides. The players can still play and I'm sure the owners can still line their pockets as they have over the past 7 years.
At least they're starting to negotiate finer points, instead of the bigger picture now. I never understood that, you know where you are separated on the most, so work that out first and foremost, then the other stuff will fall into place and be a lot easier to negotiate on, without the elephant in the room.